Bob Gibson, who spent all 17 seasons of a Hall of Fame career with the St. Louis Cardinals, is battling pancreatic cancer.
Dick Zitzmann, Gibson’s longtime agent, confirmed the news to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Saturday. According to Zitzmann, the 83-year-old Gibson was diagnosed a few weeks ago and has been hospitalized the past two weeks, with chemotherapy treatments expected to begin Monday.
Following the Cardinals’ win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, the team’s Twitter account sent words of encouragement to their legendary ace.
“Get well soon, Bob. All of Cardinal Nation is behind you!” the Cardinals wrote late Saturday.
Gibson broke in with the Cardinals in 1959 and would become one of the game’s most dominant pitchers throughout the 1960s.
He won two Cy Young Awards as well as the 1968 NL MVP award, and finished with a career ERA of just 2.91. The Cardinals won two championships during his tenure, and Gibson was named World Series MVP on both occasions. He had 3,117 career strikeouts, won 251 games and, for good measure, won the Gold Glove nine times.
Gibson retired following the 1975 season and earned Hall of Fame entry in 1981.